Theme And Setting Of Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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“Into The Wild” by John Krakauer is a non-fiction biographical novel which is based on the life of a young man, Christopher McCandless. Many readers view Christopher’s journey as an escape from his family and his old life. The setting of a book often has a significant impact on the story itself. The various settings in the book contribute to the main characters’ actions and to the theme as a whole. This can be proven by examining the impact the setting has on the theme of young manhood, the theme of survival and the theme of independent happiness.

The settings in the story have impacts on the theme of young manhood. Chris leaves his family and decides to go on a journey to find a new life. Christopher felt affected in his family presence so he sends his final school report to his family: “McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well-relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it”(Krakauer,55). He believes that this is a way to find his true identity and peace of mind, which he thought could be achieved by fleeing into the wild. Chris seemed to have a bad relationship with his parents, especially with his father because Chris found out that he had a child with his first wife when Chris was born. This fact is revealed by his dad’s old neighbour, “Walt’s split from his first wife, Marcia, was not a clean or amicable parting. Long after falling in love with Billie, long after she gave birth to Chris, Walt continued his relationship with Marcia in secret” (Krakauer121). Chris knew about his father’s affair with another woman and this made it easier for Chris to not care about what his family has to say about him going into the wilderness. This event in his life strongly enforces his decision to depart for Alaska. Thirdly, Chris works at his parents’ firm and develops a computer program and when his dad asks him about it Chris refuses to tell his dad how it works, “We still use it today and have sold copies of the program to many clients. But when I asked Chris to show me how he wrote it, to explain why it worked the way it did, he refused” (Krakauer120). This shows his knowledge in computers and that Chris would never share his thoughts with anyone. If he does not tell his father how a simple computer program works, why would he share his feeling about going into the wild and leaving his family?

The setting in the story has major impacts on the theme of survival in the wilderness. Since Chris is in the wild he has to find valuable resources in order to survive. Chris experiences the dangerous consequences which include starvation and death lead by eating toxic seeds. On July 30th McCandless wrote on his journal, “Extremely weak. Fault of pot[ato] seed. Much trouble just to stand up. Starving. Great jeopardy” (Krakauer, 90). After three months of eating porcupines, squirrels, mushrooms, small birds, berries and roots he...

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